The Aditya Birla Group’s theatre initiative Aadyam, is an ally to the Indian theatre scene, based on the idea that if there’s a theatre group with a splendid idea for a play, all it needs to do is develop it.
Aadyam’s vision is to build a platform for the artists to exercise their full creative independence without the stress of ensuring a full house. The hope is to take these rich art forms to a newer and much larger set of audience, thus helping them become more mainstream.
Aadyam is a belief, a promise, and a commitment to the institution of creative expression. By making the experience of engaging with theatre more accessible and less obscure, Aadyam, through its first two editions, has brought in newer audiences while putting together plays of impeccable production values for seasoned theatregoers.
Aadyam has only grown in size and stature since its inception, winning accolades and audiences along the way. As it opens for the third time in April 2017, it promises to get bigger and more exciting for theatre goers and the artist fraternity.
The Hoshruba Repertory & Vrajesh Hirjee presents Guards at the Taj
The Hoshruba Repertory is a theatre company formed in 2012 with the intention of bringing literary texts alive on stage with engaging performances. Their idea is that after watching a performance, as Rupert Snell says, “the axis of one’s being should have shifted, at least for a moment, by a degree or two.”
The company debuted with an adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on March 25, 2012. Since then, their productions have been Ira Lewis’s much acclaimed Chinese Coffee (2012), a play based on the short-stories of Ali Akbar Natiq - Ek Punjab Ye Bhi which premiered at the Prithvi Theatre Festival 2015, a poetry performance piece called Poetrification with Denzil Smith, and a multilingual storytelling project called Qissebaazi that premiered at the NCPA festival Centrestage in 2016.
Danish Husain is the founder and the artistic director of the repertory.
Director: Danish Husain
Danish Husain is a poet, actor (Losing Gemma, Peepli Live, Dhobi Ghat, Ankhon Dekhi, Welcome To Karachi, City of Dark, Alif), filmmaker (Live from Peepli documentary), theatre director (Krapp’s Last Tape, Chinese Coffee, Ek Punjab Ye Bhi, Qissebaazi). He has been instrumental in reviving the lost art form of Urdu storytelling, Dastangoi. He is also a columnist with India Today opinion site Daily O. His ongoing and upcoming projects include two indie movies Mantra and Newton; a multi-lingual theatrical storytelling project Qissebaazi; a multilingual poetry performance Poetrification with Denzil Smith; and a sitcom with Zee Network called Bin Kuchh Kahe.
He won the META for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 and Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar from Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2010.
Aasakta Kalamanch - Gajab Kahani
Aasakta Kalamanch Pune is one of the leading contemporary theatre organisations in Marathi Theatre. The group is known to fearlessly experiment, creating fresh idioms in theatre – be it in form or in substance. Their absolute insistence on innovative and exclusive production value and precision in technique makes their productions visually appealing too. Aasakta’s core strength is its talented and motivated members who are pivotal players in its growth and success.
Director: Mohit Takalkar
Artistic Director of Pune-based theatre company Aasakta Kalamanch, Mohit Takalkar has directed over 20 plays in Marathi, Hindi & English. He has consistently been staging plays different from the regular commercial kind, for the sole reason that he wants to present different stories that commercial theatre rarely ventures into. An accomplished actor and film editor, he has won several accolades and awards, and will be directing the play ‘Gajab Kahani’ for Aadyam’s third season of plays.
Aarambh Mumbai - Bandish 20 – 20000Hz
Aarambh Mumbai is committed to telling new and old stories with a new spin in Hindi. The theatre group is helmed by Purva Naresh, Gopal Dutt and Naresh Saxena.
Purva Naresh is a playwright with 7 full length plays, 2 shorts, 2 films and 2 children’s plays to her credit. She has worked with Rajit Kapoor, Sunil Shanbag, Makrand Deshpande in Mumbai and is a graduate of Sri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra Mumbai and FTII PUNE.
Gopal Dutt is a graduate of NSD Delhi and is a renowned actor & lyricist. Better known for his role as Rastogi in The Pitchers and films like Filmistaan, Gopal is a META award winner as best supporting actor for Kaumudi.
Naresh Saxena is a noted Hindi poet who requires little introduction with many books and researches dedicated to him. He has been awarded with PAHAL, Shamsher and Muktibodh Samman. He has penned 3 collections and 3 plays.
Aarambh Mumbai is a theatre group that has, for the last five years, been putting up plays gaining national and International recognition.
These plays are:
AAJ RANG HAI
Aaj Rang Hai was invited to all the best theatre festivals in the country like BHARANGAM 2012, META 2011, Prithvi Theatre Festival 2013 & Bharat Bhavan in 2012 and 2013
OK TATA BYE BYE
Ok Tata Bye Bye was invited to Royal Court London for a reading and then produced at CURVE theatre in Leicester UK. The play premiered at Writers Bloc festival at Prithvi. It also won the Laadli media national award,an initiative of laadli group and UNFP on gender sensitization in 2013.
Preth premiered at Centre Stage Festival NCPA, Mumbai and Vinod Doshi festival, Pune.
Tunni Ki Kahani
Tunni Ki Kahani is a musical for children that premiered at the Children’s Theatre Festival Prithvi
Umrao premiered at Prithvi Theatre Festival and Adi Vidrohi festival, Bhopal.
Ladies Sangeet premiered at Aadyam in 2016 and was the most critically acclaimed play in the series.
Director: Purva Naresh
Purva Naresh is an award winning playwright and theatre producer from India. She has received the Laadli Media Award for Best Play on gender sensitisation in 2012 for “Ok Tata Bye-Bye” and recently the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar also known as the National Award for young performing and theatre artists by the Central Academy for music dance and drama, the illustrious Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Purva completed her graduation in Economics from Delhi University, Masters in Music from Kahiragarh Music University and Post Graduate Diploma in film production from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
Purva was listed amongst India’s 50 powerful women by VERVE in 2013 and amongst the top under 40 stars of MUMBAI in a survey by The Hindustan Times in 2014.
Purva has been awarded the national honour for her body of work which includes 6 adaptations and 7 short and full length plays. Purva is also a trained Kathak Dancer and an award winning percussionist. Her knowledge of Indian classical music reflects in her plays specially Aaj Rang Hai , Afsaneh and Umrao and lends them a uniqueness that people often refer to some of her work as “Dance Theatre”
Purva brings a rich knowledge of Indian classical music, dance and film to her writing .Her most recent commissioned work has been for Bake House Australia, a multilingual project, currently in development in Melbourne by Suzanne Miller. Purva was also a part of the International Chain Play writing experiment conducted by The Lark, New York. She was invited to The Curve Theatre in Leicester in 2016 for a two week workshop to develop a play produced by The Curve and Arts council UK, directed by Suba Das.
Other awards and felicitations :
Mahendra Excellence in Theatre Awards 2011, Best costume Design for play Aaj Rang Hai. AAJ RANG HAI won 15 nominations including best script, costumes and choreography for Purva.
Dada Saheb Phalke Memorial Honour FTII Pune awarded to the top ranking student of the batch.
RAGE Productions - Anand Express
Rage Productions’ journey started in 1992 with Are There Tigers in the Congo? - a powerful play on AIDS. The Rage trio, Rajit Kapur, Shernaz Patel and
Rahul da Cunha, have since produced some of India’s more memorable productions - I’m not Bajirao (which ran for over a hundred shows), Class of ’84
(which has completed over 200 performances and is still going strong), Pune Highway (over a 100 shows) Girish Karnad’s Flowers (bringing together some of
the greatest talent from around the country) One On One, Me, Kash & Cruise, Chaos Theory (all three of which have crossed the 50 show mark) and
recently Mahua, Jaal, The Djinns Of Eidgah, The Bureaucrat and The Glass Menagerie. Rage have regaled audiences not only in India but also in Amsterdam,
Antwerp, Bonn, Dubai, Korea, London, Malaysia, Muscat, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the USA.The company has also been running the Writers’ Bloc playwrights
programme since 2002. It is run in collaboration with the British Council, the Jindal Art Foundation and Royal Court Theatre, London. It is known
nationwide as the only new writing programme in the country, which puts the playwright at the focal point of the theatre process.
The project has worked with 32 playwrights from all across India to date and 32 new plays in different languages have been staged at the Writers’
Bloc festivals, which began in 2004.
Director: Nadir Khan
Nadir Khan has been actively involved with Theatre since 1998 as a director, actor, producer, sound & light technician and stage manager.
He is a co-founder of Q Theatre Productions and a partner in The Industrial Theatre Co. Nadir is also involved with radio drama in the UK and has,
so far, line-produced and acted in a number of productions with BBC Radio 3 and 4, including the award winning A Suitable Boy and Q&A.
He has also been working in the radio industry in Mumbai since 2001 as a disc jockey, programmer, producer and voice-over professional.
QTP Productions - Mother Courage & her children
QTP is a theatre & arts management company that specialises in unique and engaging experiences for live audiences. For the last 15 years,
the company has been producing its own work as well as touring remarkable international plays from the US, UK, China, and Canada. Their productions include the
critically acclaimed So Many Socks, The President is Coming, Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace and A Peasant of El Salvador. They also manage Tata Literature Live,
the Mumbai International Literary Festival which takes place each November; and the youth theatre movement Thespo which is now in its 16th year. The various India
tours that they have managed include HeLa (2014), The Tricky Part & All The Rage (2014), Mind Walking (2011) and To The Death of My Own Family (2007).
They were also instrumental in building international collaborations like Nirbhaya (2013), Gates to India Song (2013), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2006-2009).
Director: Quasar Thakore Padamsee
Quasar Thakore Padamsee has directed and produced over 25 plays with QTP; including A Peasant of El Salvador, Project S.T.R.I.P., So Many Socks,
Minorities and many others about contemporary social concerns. Internationally he has worked on Tim Supple’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the aerial
drama Mind Walking. He is on the committee of Tata Literature Live and writes a fortnightly column for The Asian Age. He also works as a lighting designer,
stage manager, conducts workshops and is a passionate crusader for the survival of theatre in the public consciousness.
Motley Productions - Three Penny Opera
Motley was formed by Naseeruddin Shah & Benjamin Gilani in 1979. From being an itinerant troupe of two, Motley (later including Tom Alter, Ratna Pathak,
Kenny Desai and Akash Khurana) now has a pretty large membership. Motley’s uniqueness lies in its diverse range of plays. “Waiting For Godot”, the modern
classic, was the first production of the group, followed by abstract masterpieces like “Zoo Story”, “The Lesson” (1980), “The Dumb Waiter” (1981) and
“Endgame” (1988). Also, lighter fare like Chekho’s short comedies or Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man”(1984) and Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” were staged.
Later Motley attempted “Don Juan in Hell” by Shaw as well as his “Androcles and the Lion.” Some more ambitious attempts followed. “The Caine Mutiny Court
Martial”(1990), one of the finest courtroom dramas and “Julius Caesar” (1992) with a seventy-strong cast, followed by “Dear Liar” (1994) with a cast of 2.
In 2000, Motley mounted its first Hindustani production, “Ismat Apa ke Naam”, based on a collection of short stories by Ismat Chughtai. “Manto…Ismat Haazir
Hain” (2001) was the second production in Motley’s series of Hindustani short. Right from 1979 till date, Motley has brought every possible genre of drama
to audiences of professional theatre across the length and breadth of India, and has performed to student audiences as well. With ‘story-telling’ theatre,
Motley has found its niche and is serving the purposes of both entertainment as well as education.
Director: Imaad Shah
Imaad Shah is an Indian actor and musician. He is the son of actors Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah. He is also a theatre actor and
works with the theatre company Motley, founded by Naseeruddin Shah and Benjamin Gilani. He has been a part of many productions including Katha
collage, “Waiting for Godot”, “By George” and “Manto Ismat Haazir hain”.